Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gratitude Gifts Today

In this week of reflection, calm and excited waiting, I am thankful for these gifts:

- waking up

- the quiet, inside and outside, as more snowflakes drift down

- our living room restored with furniture back in place

- bright red new slippers

- friends gathered in front of the fire

- wood from our spruce bluff to burn

- laughter, sweetly ringing

- libraries

- music playing softly

- fat, juicy oranges

- Christmas mugs and plates

- efficient clerks at the post office

- amazing, beautiful books arriving in the mail

- wrapped gifts under the tree

- Christmas Carol Charades

- yummy chicken wings

- a delicious chocolate at the motor vehicles registration place

- eggnog

- ornament reminders of people and places

- supper baked in the oven

- phone calls with our daughters

- tidy countertops

- Christmas napkins

- Jill's granola recipe

- filled jars to share with friends

- photo cards

- sharing Christmas greetings

- getting to an appointment early :)

- laughing at myself

- dusting finished

- winter wonderlands

(outside our living room window)

- choir singing

- cranberry juice + ginger ale

- eating Christmas cookies

- the first taste of summer's dill pickles

- mini mandarin oranges

- Christmas tea

- online instructions for photography

- creating small things to give to loved ones

(a CD calendar for my sister)

- free online templates

- our Christmas tree

- the star at the top of the tree

- taking time to remember

- lists

- only 3 more days!


  1. Your post just oozes with contentment, Crystal, and that is such a wonderful gift. Have a very Merry Christmas with your family! Thanks so much for what has developed into a great friendship. Love the calendar! And the red slippers. And the star. And....

  2. Sweet post that reflects the gentle person you are. Glad to call you friend, Crystal. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Sounds like things are slowing down for you and that you are able to relax and enjoy now. Your Christmas napkins are beautiful. Did you make them? Wishing you and your husband a Merry Christmas and New Years. Love reading your blog and I can't wait to see what happens in the New Year.

  4. Great list, Mom!! You really are one of the most positive people, always able to see the good, the wonderful, the unique, the beautiful in the little things, too. I love the star. When did you get that one?
    Enjoy your celebrations this week. Lots of love, hugs and prayers from our house to yours.

  5. i always love reading your lists and seeing your photos. looking forward to a few days of fun at your house. :)